Its been an odd year. Since I have started knitting six years ago, the seasons have brought the same variables. Summer and fall are busy with getting my stock up for winter sales. Christmas gets busy with requests for gifts. New year and the rest of winter is calm with my own personal projects, or my WIP (work in progress), then summer hits with plans for the fall markets.
Now, around our town, we have had a bit of an oil recession hit. Which means the fathers and men haven’t been working since Christmas, since they aren’t working, they aren’t spending. If they are home, kids stay home and wifes work, which usually (and sadly) means lower income, so families are staying in more, going out less, so our entertainment industry suffer. If the families have little ones in childcare or preschool, they tend to pull out their children, so the daycares/dayhomes/preschools suffer. I have been laid off due to this trend.
Now, I also have my knitting, so after the emotional turbulence settled, my mind went to all my WIP that I have. Great! I got my projects, my ideas, all those great bits! My only problem being that I haven’t had a slow down in requests! Odd, since our town is hitting down turn and you would expect spending to be down!
So sadly, my WIPs are still waiting for me, but needles are till flying and I am gaining some money through my door. 🙂